Now demonstrating more than 15 years of experience as a mathematics educator, Richard Douglas Chatham can trace his beginnings in the field to his high school mathematics teacher, Ruth Rufty. This teacher helped instill inspiration and passion for the field which has stuck with him ever since. He continued his academic pursuits of mathematics at Wake Forest University and then at the University of Tennessee, where he earned a PhD in Mathematics in 2000. In 2001, he joined the faculty at Morehead State University and has been at the institution ever since. In his time with the university, Dr. Chatham has served as the faculty senate chair and as the interim chair of the Department of Mathematics and Physics Department. Furthermore, Dr. Chatham is the host of a comedic music radio show called Odd Numbers.
Dr. Chatham’s research interests include commutative ring theory and graph theory related to the classic “n-queens problem” of putting n queens on an n-by-n board so that no two queens attack each other. This work has produced several publications and presentations and a KY NSF-EPSCoR grant. As Dr. Chatham continues to work on these theories, he also maintains professional affiliation with The Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society.